Only 10 days left till this year’s Emmy nominations are announced — which means two things: My left kidney will soon be deposited on a shrine dedicated to Vanessa L. Williams’ very necessary nod, and the good folks at Gold Derby are getting their leak on. Last week, while I was on vacation, the site reported the rumored list of 10 finalists still in the running in the Best Drama and Best Comedy Series categories, and on Friday, a pair of judges who’d attended screenings of various nominated episodes spilled the beans about which series are most likely to hear their names called when nominations are announced July 19. (Click here to read the full scoop.) According to that duo, Best Drama Series nominees are likely to include The Sopranos, House, Grey’s Anatomy (pictured), 24, and Heroes, while the Best Comedy Series race could come down to Two and a Half Men, Entourage, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, and The Office. If Gold Derby’s sources predicted correctly, that would mean snubs for the remaining five drama (Boston Legal, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, and Rome) and comedy finalists (Desperate Housewives, Extras, My Name Is Earl, Scrubs, and Weeds).
Considering how many Grey’s Anatomy and 24 fans feel those respective series are coming off weak seasons, their inclusion among TV’s five best drama series seems a little surprising. And if a sci-fi show is destined for Emmy recognition, shouldn’t Lost (or Battlestar Galactica, which apparently didn’t even crack the top 10) get Heroes‘ slot? On the flip side, if 30 Rock, The Office, and Ugly Betty score Best Comedy nominations (as predicted), I’ll be hard-pressed to feel my usual brand of post-nominations outrage. Unless, of course, L. Yeah doesn’t get her due. Then I’ll be hellaciously upset.
What do you think of Gold Derby’s list of predicted nominees? Should the Emmy judges have read the PopWatch Fantasy Emmy Nominees Gallery before going to work? Holla back!